How to spot a hidden religious agenda

I, Tony Sidaway, didn’t write this piece.  I’ve put it up because it was removed from the New Scientist site.  It seems quite harmless to me, and useful.

Amanda Gefter

New Scientist

Sat, 28 Feb 2009 22:35 UTC

As a book reviews editor at New Scientist, I often come across so-called science books which after a few pages reveal themselves to be harbouring ulterior motives. I have learned to recognise clues that the author is pushing a religious agenda. As creationists in the US continue to lose court battles over attempts to have intelligent design taught as science in federally funded schools, their strategy has been forced to… well, evolve. That means ensuring that references to pseudoscientific concepts like ID are more heavily veiled. So I thought I’d share a few tips for spotting what may be religion in science’s clothing.

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Simon Conway Morris still thinks “God did it” is a scientific statement

I’ve just picked up Larry Moran’s teaser “Can You Guess Who Wrote This?” on his Sandwalk blog. As the words are a restatement of Paley’s classic but long ago debunked Watchmaker analogy and the Sandwalk article is accompanied by a photograph of the paleontologist and champion of theistic evolution, Simon Conway Morris, there isn’t much of a mystery.  There original article by Conway Morris, Darwin was right. Up to a point, appeared in Thursday’s Guardian as part of its Darwin 200 coverage.

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Jon Stewart demolishes Republican pundits

Pharyngula is carrying a hilarious exposee of Republican two-facedness on candidate selection issues.  I can only agree with PZ Myers: Jon Stewart is brilliant.

If this is how they run the campaign, why let them run the country?

PZ Myers in Morris, Minnesota has been using his award-winning science blog, Pharyngula, to report on the extremely heavy-handed policing at the Republican National Convention in the Twin Cities.  This is very disturbing indeed.

  • Shame on Minnesota – August 30, 2008: large scale police raids in the Twin Cities area
  • Thugs at work – September 1, 2008: Peace and human rights activist Amy Goodman arrested on “probable cause for riot”

UPDATE: PZ says The Minnesota Independent is keeping up to date on the latest news from the RNC.

Crucified cartoon frog angers Pope, President in hospital. Jesus still dead.

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The 5,300 year embrace

PZ Myers is off in the Galapagos for a while so he’s left a few “PZminions” in charge of his blog, Pharyngula.  Today’s entry from LisaJ is about an old human burial site found by paleontologists hunting dinosaur fossils in northern Niger.  One of the most striking pictures is a cast of a burial arrangement of a woman and two young children, holding hands.  The bodies were laid to rest on top of flowers, some 5,300 years ago.

I found this most moving.  In the comments, a mother of small children said that it moved her to tears.